Friday, July 10, 2009
Today is Green Britain Day, sponsored by power company EDF.
Under the government's Renewables Obligation, electricity suppliers must source a minimum amount of their power from renewable sources. This year, that's 9.1%.
EDF get only 6% of theirs from renewables, and must therefore pay a fine or buy credit from other people's certificates of renewable generation. They get 49% of their electricity - above the UK average - from coal, the most carbon intensive form of generating power yet devised.